This was a wrongful death case resulting from a motorcycle versus truck collision, on Highway 33, on April 13, 1981, when the motorcycle driver, who was 42 years old at the time, was killed, when struck by the Defendant’s truck in the motorcycle’s lane of traffic. Plaintiffs were the surviving spouse, Paulette, age 38 at the time of the collision, decedent’s son, Christopher Butcher, age 16 at the time of his father’s death, and Terri Butcher Thomas, daughter of decedent, age 17 at the time of the accident.
Accident Data Center focuses on providing information and resources for people who have been injured, and for the families of those killed, to make decisions and get help. While the majority of accidents we report on are car crashes, we also see all other types of accidents including bicycle, pedestrian, boating, commercial trucking, aircraft, and motorcycle accidents.
While it is true that car collisions are by far the most frequent type of accident, here is recent data (2013) that illustrates the relative frequency of other kinds of crashes:
- Pedestrian fatalities were 13 per day, and pedestrian injuries were 181, resulting in an annual total of 4,735 fatalities and 66,000 injuries;
- Annual motorcycle fatalities were 4,668, and motorcycle injuries were 88,000;
- 41% of motorcycle fatalities for the year involved unhelmeted riders;
- Commercial trucking accidents resulted in 3,964 fatalities and 95,000 injuries;
- Bicycle crashes resulted in 743 fatalities and 48,000 injuries for the year.
While there have been great improvements made in overall safety statistics over the years, it is our wish that these accident numbers are brought down to zero. Until then, Accident Data Center will strive to provide up-to-date information, resources, and support for all those involved in accidents.
Accident Reports Related to Accident Type
A train has struck and killed a pedestrian in northern Lawrence on Sunday afternoon. The train tracks and intersection were shut down for much of Sunday while police investigated. We'll update this story as more information becomes available.
The crash occurred at 2:40 a.m. on I-10 at the 3.5 mile marker, which is west of Mobile near Grand Bay. Maria Elena Lemus, 41, was driving a in a 2002 Ford Windstar when the van side-swiped a 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer, ran off the road and overturned.
Breana Donna, 22, was standing at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Road 520 and U.S.
An AC Transit 20 bus struck and killed a pedestrian in Alameda Thursday evening at Otis Drive and Grand Street around 5:45 p.m. This is a developing story; check back for updates.
At 10 a.m. in downtown Columbus, a pickup ran a red light and crashed into a Groveport Madison school bus, causing the bus to jump a curb and hit two pedestrians.
A woman who was with the man says he attempted to reach out and touch the train with his hand when he was struck and killed around 4 a.m. Wednesday in Colleton County near Yemassee. We'll update this story as more information becomes available.
Two men were killed when a helicopter crashed at about 2 p.m. Tuesday into the roof of an empty industrial building in North Salt Lake City, police said. The two men died at the scene. A witness said he saw the helicopter break up into two pieces in the air.
A Union Pacific Railroad spokesperson said the Amtrak train sounded a warning signal as it approached the victim from behind.
At about 10:00am, Tramposch attempted to make a left turn from North French onto Campbell Boulevard, but failed to yield and struck a dump truck driven by William K. Wheeler, 58.
The Defense Department will investigate the crash of an Idaho Army National Guard helicopter during a training mission that killed the two men aboard the Apache combat helicopter that crashed around 7 p.m.
The Golden Gate Transit bus was turning left from Lombard onto Van Ness at about 6:15 a.m. when it struck the jogger, identified as Lori Helmer, 51. The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hosptial, where she died.
Gunn High School student Cameron Lee, 16, died after he was hit by a train south of the California Avenue station about 1 a.m. in Palo Alto. The death appears to have been a suicide.
Chhoeun's vehicle was driving the wrong way down a ramp leading to I-70 from Broad Street when it struck a semi-truck around 3 a.m. on Sunday, killing both Chhoeun and his passenger, Kristina Im. The semi driver was no injured in the accident. Impairment might have been a factor.
The accident occurred at Clinton and Broad streets at around 7:15 p.m. Rivera was transported to the hospital, where he later died.
Commuters should expect the right two lanes of I-465 eastbound to be closed for up to two hours after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a semi this morning. The man, identified as Sha Htoo, 44, may have fallen or jumped from a moving vehicle, after which he was hit by the semi.
Skyler Bruner was riding on a moped with Darrell Bruner, who is his father, on U.S. 31 near Shady Lane when a southbound Jeep Cherokee’s driver said he hit the moped.
An overturned truck trailer on Stickney Avenue closed two lanes of traffic in Toledo, Ohio Monday afternoon, October 27. The trailer's contents spilled over the roadway near Matzinger Road. The truck did not overturn with the trailer. No injuries were reported.
One person has been injured following a crash between a sedan and a bicycle at Indiana Street and Whittier Boulevard Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, California. The victim's condition is currently unknown.
A 60-year-old man is in critical condition after being hit by a car while crossing near the 400 block of Greenwood Avenue in Trenton, New Jersey. The accident occured around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014 when a 31-year-old woman driving a Ford Contour struck him.
Reed was hit by a car driven by Jackie Cunningham, 59, on Route 66 Monday night in Middlefield, Connecticut. The incident occured around 10:27 p.m. on October 27, 2014. Reed sustained injuries to lower extremities as well as suffered head trauma.
A pedestrian died Monday night after being hit by a car while illegally crossing the access road of I-10 near De Zavala Road in San Antonio, Texas. The accident occured on October 27, 2014 when the man crossed at a "do not cross" sign area and was sent 40 feet from the impact.
Motorcyclist dies at scene of collision with car at Desert Inn Road and Pecos Road in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Motorcyclist Donal M. Davis was killed in a collision with an SUV driven by Karen Davy, 47, on Indian Hollow Road and Butternut Ridge Road in Lorain County, Ohio. Davy did not stop at a stop sign and collided with Davis' motorcycle, throwing him from it.
A woman was reportedly killed after she apparently jumped in front of an Amtrak train in the Milford train station. All trains in both directions on the New Haven line are currently stopped while authorities investigate. More information will be released as it comes out.